Wis­sahickon falls short of Colo­nials

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Den­nis C. Way

It will be re­mem­bered as a 35-21 3OymRuWK WKLWHmDUsK High vic­tory, a vic­tory that pro­pelled the Colo­nials LnWR sROH SRssHssLRn RI fiUsW place in the Subur­ban One ieague’s Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence.

But per­haps even more mem­o­rable was the 94-yard 3W GULYH DW WKH HnG RI WKH fiUsW KDOI WKDW WuUnHG WKH FRn­test com­pletely around.

Trail­ing by a point mid­way WKURuJK WKH sHFRnG TuDUWHU, the Colo­nials mounted a terUL­fiF 94-yDUG GULYH WKDW nRW only gave the vis­i­tors the lead, but sparked a Colo­nials of­fense that ul­ti­mately scored on three suc­ces­sive pos­ses­sions.

By JDmH’s HnG, 3W Uun­ning back Corey Kelly had rushed for 229 yards and WKUHH WRuFKGRwns, EDFk­fiHOG mate Terry Brown ran for 176 mRUH DnG TuDUWHUEDFk 3HWH GLRUJLR WKUHw IRU RnH touch­down and ran for an­other, and the Colo­nials wHUH Ln fiUsW SODFH DOO Ey them­selves.

“Ab­soul­tely,” said Colo­nials coach Dan Chang, when asked if the 16-play, 94-yard march had the big­gest im­pact on the game. “It was a huge drive for us, and a huge mo­men­tum turn. They fum­ble the ball inside WKH 10 DnG wH JR 95 (DFWually 94) yards.

“It was a great drive by the kids.”

“It was just like our last game (a come-from-be­hind over­time win over Chel­ten- ham),” added Brown. “We got in the hud­dle and talked about com­ing back, about fiJKWLnJ KDUG DnG FRmLnJ back.

“(Wis­sahickon) was the team we felt was the big­gest threat to us win­ning a league cham­pi­onship. It was a big game. It was all we talked about this week.”

Early on, the two teams

played, “Can you top this?”

The Tro­jans took the open­ing kick­off and, keyed by Dan Mur­phy’s 33-yard run Rn WKH fiUsW SODy IURP sFULP­mage, went 53 yards on four plays to take a 7-0 lead, with quar­ter­back Randy Franken­fiHOG EuFNLnJ Ln IURP WKH 1-yard line just 73 sec­onds into the con­test.

PW re­sponded by scor­ing ex­actly one minute later when Kelly capped a four-play, 76yard drive with a two-yard score. That score was set up by back-to-back Brown runs to­tal­ing 66 yards.

Af­ter the two sides ex­changed punts, the Tro­jans re­gained the lead when Mur­phy ram­bled 22 yards to push the score to 14-7 with 2:03 left in the open­ing pe­riod.

But the Colo­nials an­swered once more, go­ing 48 yards on eight plays, with .HOOy DFFRunWLnJ IRU WKH fi­nal 11, hit­ting the end zone with 10:09 left in the half.

The ex­tra-point at­tempt failed, how­ever, so the Tro­jans were still the front-run­ners.

Wis­sahickon seemed des­tined to add to its lead when a 53-yard pass play from FranNHn­fiHOG WR GRUGRn BHnWOHy JDvH WKH KRPH WHDP D fiUsW down at the Colo­nials 11.

But three plays later, Colo­nials line­man Ryan Lun­ney pounced on a Tro­jans fum­ble at the 6-yard line.

PW took over with 6:41 left in the half, then put to­gether its drive of the year. It be­gan with a 9-yard run by Kelly and fea­tured 11 run­nLnJ SODys DnG fivH SDssHs. The key play was a back­side screen that Al­ton Cus­tus turned into a 26-yard gain to the Tro­jans 3-yard line.

Kelly scored on the next play, and the Colo­nials went into the break with a 19-14 lead.

“That’s a good, well­coached football team,” said Tro­jans coach Jeff Cappa about the Colo­nials. “That GULvH GLG GHflDWH us D OLWWOH, EuW we didn’t quit un­til the end.

“They did ev­ery­thing we knew they would do, but they ex­e­cuted well and we had some missed as­sign­ments.”

PW car­ried the mo­men­tum of that drive into the sec­ond half, and streaked 71 yDUGs Rn fivH SODys WR DGG WR its lead, with Kelly’s 31-yard run and Gior­gio’s 32-yard TD scam­per pol­ish­ing it off.

Af­ter a Tro­jans three-and­out, PW went back to work and tra­versed 92 yards on nine plays with a Gior­gio to Erik Tucker 13-yard pass putting PW in front, 35-14, with 4:34 re­main­ing in the quar­ter.

“We made a cou­ple of tweaks of­fen­sively,” said Chang of an at­tack that in­cluded 13 pass at­tempts. “We saw some things that we could hurt them with, and our guys ex­e­cuted very well.”

Wis­sahickon, which lost Mur­phy to in­jury in the fiUsW KDOI, EDWWOHG EDFN, GULv­ing inside the PW 10 on its next drive, only to watch the march end on downs at the Colo­nials 7.

But late in the quar­ter, )UDnNHn­fiHOG IRunG BHnWOHy three dif­fer­ent times on an 85-yDUG GULvH, WKH finDO WLPH for a 29-yard score with one tick of the clock re­main­ing in the third.

Both sides drove deep into en­emy ter­ri­tory in the finDO TuDUWHU, EuW nHLWKHU sLGH could pro­duce points.

“We never felt we were out of it,” Cappa said. “They got some drives and we held them to a lot of third downs. But to their credit they con­verted those third downs.

“But our guys fought to the end.”

At the end, how­ever, it was PW at the top of the SOL Amer­i­can heap. And en­joy­ing the view. “Hey, we’re beat up,” Brown said. “Ev­ery­body’s hurt­ing right now. But we wanted this one.”

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